Originally posted by Rascal:
- OK, you can't just look at stats in isolation, you need to look at the whole picture here in totality. Who is our best slot WR ? Mario ? Where is he ? The guy is on PUP. So, who else do we have ? Simple, noone unless you want to count the 3 unproven WRs. I am not saying just cos you are unproven you don't have it, but you have to have your insurance policy down first by playing someone with experience. And mind you, as bad as you think Kyle is, he was improving throughout last season right up until the point he got injured.Remember that deep pass in the Bears game when he gained 54 yards I think it was ?
- As for Mario, I also think he will at least be out for most of the season, if not the whole season. But, with regards to Kyle, even if he is not 100%, you can start the season with him being the No. 3 receiver, then pending on how the other 3 progress then you can phase them into the game based on practice merit. Or may be by the end of the preseason games, we might already have an idea who out of those 3 would be leading and he can be the 4th option right when the season kicks off.
- I absolutely have no problem in having 4 WR option or even 5 for that matter. But, 4.4 40 doesn't necessariy = great receiver. If so, AJ would have been a mega star by now.
I don't mean to come off as a KW hater, OK I hated him for a month after the 2011 NFC Champ Game, but I was a fierce supporter of him last offseason. I loved how he was motivated, how he came into camp in great shape and how he was laser focused on breaking out. I expected big things from him last year! So what did he did? Lets look at the whole picture of his season. Here are his game stats up to him getting hurt in the 2nd half of the Saints game....
GB = 0 rec / 0 targ / 0 yds / 0 td
DET = 0 rec / 0 targ / 0 yds / 0 td
MIN = 2 rec / 3 targ / 16 yds / 0 td
NYJ = 0 rec / 0 targ / 0 yds / 0 td
BUF = 2 rec / 2 targ / 50 yds / TD ( 43 )
NYG = 4 rec / 4 targ / 40 yds / 0 td
SEA = 1 rec / 4 targ / 18 yds / 0 td
ARZ = 1 rec / 1 targ / 4 yds / 0 td
STL = 2 rec / 3 targ / 24 yds / 0 td
CHI = 2 rec / 2 targ / 60 yds / 0 td
NO = 0 rec / 0 targ / 0 yds / 0 td
-He had only 3 targets in the first 4 weeks of the season. Terrible start.
-He catches a 43 yard TD against the worst D in the league ( Buffalo ) in a blowout, ( only 1 of his 2 catches over 18 yards all year )
-Looks like the staff and Alex trust him more after that long TD and feed him 4 targets for 4 catches against the Giants. This had party to due with the fact that we stopped running the ball and that Alex needed to get the ball out quick due to the Gmens pass rush.
-We try that again the following week against the Seahawks and he gets man handled, netting 1 catch for 18 yards.
-Follows that up with 1 catch against Zona, 2 catches against the Rams and then one long 57 yard catch against the Bears). The MOST positive highlight of KW's entire career and it didnt even go for 6.
So he had 2 long catches last year..that add up to 100 of his total 212 yards last year. We can do much better than this.
There is nothing I can see in KW's career, and Im sure like you, have seen every snap of, to think he's far and away the clear cut #3 or that he qualifies as a proven commodity. Add in the fact that he is less than 6 months from an ACL tear and it adds up to the distinct possibility that..faster, bigger, stronger players who have been working 1 on 1 with our current QB..Jenkins and Lockette....beat him out this summer. Honestly, if they can't beat out a less than 100% micro machine, then we have issues long term with this WR corp. Patton was just drafted and delivered a love letter via early flight to Harbs, he's not getting cut or exposed to the PS this year. I doubt AJ is going to either since he was a 1st rounder 13 months ago. So really it comes down to Lockette or KW for that last WR spot.
If I was a betting man, I know where my money would be
[ Edited by DRUSTOPO on May 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM ]